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Title: Value-Decomposition Multi-Agent Actor-Critics
The exploitation of extra state information has been an active research area in multi-agent reinforcement learning (MARL). QMIX represents the joint action-value using a non-negative function approximator and achieves the best performance on the StarCraft II micromanagement testbed, a common MARL benchmark. However, our experiments demonstrate that, in some cases, QMIX performs sub-optimally with the A2C framework, a training paradigm that promotes algorithm training efficiency. To obtain a reasonable trade-off between training efficiency and algorithm performance, we extend value-decomposition to actor-critic methods that are compatible with A2C and propose a novel actor-critic framework, value-decomposition actor-critic (VDAC). We evaluate VDAC on the StarCraft II micromanagement task and demonstrate that the proposed framework improves median performance over other actor-critic methods. Furthermore, we use a set of ablation experiments to identify the key factors that contribute to the performance of VDAC.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1650512
NSF-PAR ID:
10323260
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence
ISSN:
2159-5399
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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